About Molly Collins
Molly Collins was born to her passion for animals and painting. Growing up in Torrance, California she felt drawn to the outdoors. It’s there she started an early career selling her first piece at 14 yrs. and continued training and to college where she received her degree and Certification in art. Sharing her passion and techniques for painting was natural for her in teaching art classes for children and adults early in her career.
Her passion to paint and study wildlife evolved into a working as a Naturalist teaching and painting educational murals as she was raising her four children, Kelly, John, Claire and Joseph where they often went along with her on her artistic adventures. Her work can still be found atNature centers, Discovery centers such as George F Canyon, Rolling Hills CA Madonna Marsh Torrance, Ca, including work for the International Los Angeles, Zoo.
She is known locally for painting large murals such as the only multimedia mural painted and sculpted in Southern California, "The Tribute to the extinct California Grizzly" Designed and painted by Molly and sculptures carved out of wood by Conrad Sandoval, can be viewed in Crestline, Lake Gregory, CA in the San Bernardino Mts.
This 1,000 square foot educational mural can be viewed in Crestline in the front of Goodwin's market. Other public viewed murals painted by Molly in San Bernardino Mountains can be found in Blue Jay on the wall of the old "Lake Arrowhead Patrol and security”, including murals throughout "Big Bear", commercial and residential sites through out the inland empire.
She most recently known for her very detailed work and growing in popularity “Natures Designs” where she is painting wildlife and landscapes on polished granite. These unique works of art can be viewed along with other paintings at the Mountain Arts Network Art gallery where she has been a first place winner for people’s Choice awards for the last two years.
To obtain reference for her work, she has traveled to Europe, throughout United States and has visited many State and National Parks, which has helped make her observations of nature more fulfilling. Molly enjoys painting outdoors and can often be found on a mountain trail or sitting alongside one of the mountain Lakes, plein air painting in the presence of Gods creation, hoping to view a bald eagle, coyote, deer or any of the wildlife present to inspire the next painting.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”